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Overview

Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office suite that helps organizations create spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics,...

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Pros

It is free and open-source, and it can accomplish some of the duties that other sophisticated software in its field can.
I found OpenOffice and was very happy to see that it was free and did pretty much all the things I needed it to do. I liked that it never crashed on me at all, and did what I needed it to.
Being a free office suit and supportive to all popular office file formats, it is the best for documents, spreadsheets, slides and database.

Pros

What I liked best was that it is free software and has a lot to do with application features that are currently only available in the paid application.
It is super easy to write, edit, and save documents. It's simple to use interface makes it so easy to write important documents.
I like that this program is free, and an alternative solutions for Microsoft office. People like that it works just like office does.

Cons

It has some issues with formatting and that can be a pain in the butt especially if you are used to MS Word. It's missing email and calendar applications.
Having been a Microsoft Office user for so long there were some functions that were not available on this software and I really missed having them.
I also dislike it when I format a document in OpenOffice, the formatting doesn't translate to Microfsoft Word very well. I've often had to reformat OpenOffice documents to line up correctly in Word.

Cons

I quite dislike the lack of integrations with other products and apps like Microsoft Office does. It just makes your workflow sluggish.
My wife (long-term MS Word user with a Master's degree) struggled finding the functions she needed as opposed to how she did it in Word and got very frustrated.
There are some features are illogical and really hard to find. Opening word documents does not always work well and sometimes LibreOffice deforms the files.
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Key features

  • Total features18
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  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Database Creation
  • Design Management
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Full Text Search
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Image Editing
  • Multi-Language
  • Office Suite
  • Organizational Charting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Productivity Tools
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Total features19
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Database Creation
  • Design Management
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Full Text Search
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Image Editing
  • Multi-Language
  • Office Suite
  • Organizational Charting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Productivity Tools
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations

Integrations

  • Total integrations3
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations2
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
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Hector A.

Information Services, self-employed

Used other for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Apache OpenOffice

This was the start of Open Office Editors but is not good anymore

Reviewed 3 years ago

Is good for basic office tasks, but is not updated as much since LibreOffice is already the standard for an OpenSource Office Suite, Use LibreOffice instead.

Pros

Is open source, it offers a lot of options for a free office suite, runs on almost every platform and apache is behind it.

Cons

Is old, since LibreOffice forked OpenOffice when Oracle purchased Sun, Libre Office is a much better alternative, much more complete, and compatible with more formats.

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Ali L.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Apache OpenOffice

Great free Open source Office productivity tool.

Reviewed 2 years ago

not bad and it works, a great free open source alternative to Microsoft Office, but less stable than LibreOffice.

Pros

OpenOffice was the only choice for a good alternative to Microsoft Office until the project got acquired by Oracle who later donated the project to Apache, then project got forked into LibreOffice. which turned to be a bigger project much widely used and more reliable. I like LibreOffice as it's more reliable and stable compare to OpenOffice. but the two are still almost the same very similar in the functions and tools which include the following : OpenOffice Writer, OpenOffice Calc, OpenOffice Impress, OpenOffice Draw, OpenOffice Base, OpenOffice Math.

Cons

a little slow compared to LibreOffice, and a little buggy. development is also very slow.

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Hugh P.

Financial Services, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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OpenOffice Calc is Very Unstable. Libreoffice never Crashes

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

I reiterate what all the other reviews say about OpenOffice. it is an amazing piece of software and it is open source and free I will never use word againThe only problem I have is that open Office is unstable. I used it on a daily basis for years up until a year ago and OpenOffice usually crashed two or three times a day losing my work.However there is an easy fix. A year ago I switched from OpenOffice...

Cons

The only problem I have is that open Office is unstable. I used it on a daily basis for years up until a year ago and OpenOffice usually crashed two or three times a day losing my work.However there is an easy fix. A year ago I switched from OpenOffice to LibreOffice and I never looked back. LibreOffice is great. LibreOffice is a forked version of OpenOffice but is much more stable. I have been using LibreOffice calc for over a year and never had a crash and I have some huge spreadsheets that I develop.

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Jonás P.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used other for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Apache OpenOffice

Great office suite alternative

Reviewed 6 years ago

Apache OpenOffice is good if you are looking to have a fully working office suite without spending a buck, however, other competitors in the market are leaving it behind.

Pros

LibreOffice is a piece of software that allows you to create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations with no cost and a robust set of features.

Cons

Community-based support. Somewhat outdated compared to other Office suites. Not 100% compatible with some popular formats like Microsoft Office XML and OOXML.

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Higher Education, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Apache OpenOffice

Forget about using OpenOffice!

Reviewed 2 years ago

I've been really happy with it (some concerns with some specific version, but nothing that couldn't be resolved downgrading to the previous one. The lack of support and the creation of LibreOffice made it a deprecated solution, unless you are already a user who doesn't feel confortable with changes (but you would feel much happier with LibreOffice from minute 1).

Pros

I have been a daily user of OpenOffice since its earliest versions. It has been THE alternative to Microsoft Suite for many years, and at no cost. Its vast number of developers around the world made it easy to find solutions to your problems in any language, and to install flawlessly a wide number of plugins. But the situation changed in 2010 when concerns arose around the management of the project. Actually Apache is the owner of the project, and also if it is still free, I wouldn't recommend to spend a second on it.

Cons

Its development has not been updated in the last years, if not for minor updates, and community support is falling down. Also if a strong community is still existing, it has majorly moved to LibreOffice project, a suite which is the choice if you are looking for an (inexpensive) alternative to Microsoft. Having to chose between OpenOffice and LibreOffice (both based on the original OpenOffice experience), there is very little to discuss: the second one is the only alternative you should consider.

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Ben P.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Apache OpenOffice

A fine office suite for most, but honestly you might as well use LibreOffice instead

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Works fine for the most part, but it's getting on in age, and honestly you're better off using LibreOffice - a spinoff of the OpenOffice project which is much more up to date.

Cons

Not compatible with high DPI screens, not compatible with MS Office .*x files

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Joseph V.

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Apache OpenOffice

A decent office suite

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

OpenOffice is a solid alternative to Microsoft Office. It covers all the basic nessecities, such as a word processor, presentation creator, and spreadsheet program.

Cons

I believe that LibreOffice is a better alternative these days. The team is better and the open source code helps those ambitious enough to try and fix their own issues.

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Matteo B.

Management Consulting, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Apache OpenOffice

Buon sostituto di Microsoft office ma.....

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Sul mercato, sempre gratis, si trova di meglio. LibreOffice è infatti un programma quasi analogo (i prodotti nascono dallo stesso progetto) che però ha una licenza che permette di integrare le migliorie del primo. Non è invece possibile il contrario.

Cons

Il software tende ad essere sempre un po' meno aggiornato e funzionale del cugino Libre.

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tyler t.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Apache OpenOffice

Great alternative to Microsoft Office

Reviewed 6 years ago

OpenOffice allows me to have a full office suite for zero cost on my Kali Linux machine and because if this I do not have to switch to my mac or my MS laptop when I need to write something or create a presentation.

Pros

I use Open Office on my Kali Linux laptop. It is free, and so far I have not found anything that it could not do that MS Office can. It is a must have for Linux users that prefer OpenOffice over LibreOffice.

Cons

Some VBA macros that I have tried with Impress just simply will not run. This is not a deal breaker, but it can be very frustrating.

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Mark d.

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Apache OpenOffice

FREE and among one of the best options out there for your word processing needs.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

I like the fact that this is free and generally very easy to use. It's been my go to software for Excel and general word documents until I discovered Libreoffice (as mentioned below.) Easy on system resources and highly functional. Easy to recommend!

Cons

I used this primarily as a substitution for Excel until I found it to be finicky and not cooperating with some of my file types. I now use this in conjunction with Libreoffice. If a file doesn't work in one I try it in the other. Generally I can get one or the other to open everything.

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Jacob W.

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Apache OpenOffice

Free Full Office Suite - but LibreOffice is More Actively Maintained

Reviewed 4 years ago

I've used it less often now than LibreOffice, but it was the first free office suite I used; it introduced me to the idea of being able to fill in holes in a paid office suite using a free, full-featured suite, rather than paying for a product you would use only occasionally.

Pros

- It's a full office suite - Word processor, spread sheet, drawings & diagrams, databases, etc - Relatively easy to use & full featured - Some items are available in OpenOffice that paid office suites are missing (e.g. Draw has more extensive diagram features than any equivalent in Microsoft Office - Fully compatible with MS Office and other industry-standard formats - Lots of help available online - I believe plugins and language packages for LibreOffice come from OpenOffice (not 100% of this)

Cons

- It is not updated as often as LibreOffice - The interface is quite outdated - Sometimes it's hard to find the features - they can get buried in menus - Some compatibility issues - e.g. Powerpoints are sometimes formatted unusually when you open them, but I believe this is improving

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Omar S.

Higher Education,

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Apache OpenOffice

Easy alternative office suite, with a liberal distribution/reuse license.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

The direct descendant of old StarOffice, but now under the relaxed licensing/distribution of an Apache license. It handles large, complicated documents that are slow or broken using cloud-based tools, and without the heavy baggage and high cost of Microsoft desktop suites.

Cons

Compared to the competing forks (notably LibreOffice), OpenOffice has a very slow, irregular release schedule. The UI hasn't seen serious care or attention in a while, making your 2018 version look awful much the same as it did years ago. There's no decent updater, requiring a manual process for each release.

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Gábor M.

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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LibreOffice

A better alternative for OpenOffice

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

It is a fork of the OpenOffice, but more often updated and much more stable than it.

Cons

Still not enough stable and have some problems at importing some Microsoft documents

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Simone S.

Telecommunications, self-employed

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice, valida alternativa a....

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

Libreoffice, per chi non lo conoscesse è un software freeuse per la creazione di vari fogli di testo e dati, un ottima alternativa, al classico Office che tutti conosciamo, con libreoffice, puoi creare lettere, documenti, database, fogli di calcolo, è il derivato di Openoffice

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libre office è un ottima alternativa a office, è il derivato di openoffice, nessun inconveniente ad oggi

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Richard B.

Computer Software, 501-1,000 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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LibreOffice

Great if you only need Office 2010 or older features

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall, I didn't want to pay for the Office Suite, and didn't have deep needs, so this worked well for me until I transitioned to GDocs. It is still what I would recommend for older users who need to type out and print out documents while not connected to the internet at all times.

Pros

It was a free version of Office software that, unlike OpenOffice, didn't try to get you to save in proprietary formats like ODT.

Cons

It didn't speak well to other software or websites, and it just feels like an older and less intuitive software.

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Mauro B.

Computer Software, self-employed

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

More powerful than OpenOffice

Reviewed 4 years ago

I managed to open and edit a document without necessarily having to buy Microsoft Office and it is no small thing.

Pros

With OpenOffice I was unable to properly load a document with all the advanced controls present. With LibreOffice it was enough to open it

Cons

It is perhaps a little too slow to open, it should perhaps be optimized on opening, but it will also depend a lot on the characteristics of the PC

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Telecommunications,

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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LibreOffice

Real alternative to Microsoft product

Reviewed 6 years ago

If you cannot use online document editors, try this one

Pros

If you have to work with documents, if you use word processor and spreadsheets and do not want to rely on internet connection, install OpenOffice

Cons

There are occasional issues with compatibility with Microsoft Office products. The issue is common though.

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david p.

Telecommunications, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

Great Home alternative to MS Office

Reviewed 4 years ago

Great easy to use and saves me tons of money when it comes to giving my kids a great program suite for which to do your homework

Pros

It is free. It has almost the same features of the big boys for free. I found it to be better then Apache Open Office

Cons

It always defaults to it's proprietary format when saving, but it supports all .Doc, .Docx and other popular document formats

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Keith P.

Media Production, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

As Good as The Standard for a LOT less resources

Reviewed 4 years ago

I've used it, or OpenOffice before it, for 20 years, and never had any issues. It is, in my opi, overall a superior product to anything else available.

Pros

It's open source, so I get to decide how much, if anything, I pay. For the vast majority of people needing an office suite, this is all they'll ever need. I have never found myself wanting for a feature while usonf Libre Office or the project it was spawned from, OpenOffice. It takes a lot less RAM, storage space and cpu power that other alternatives, so it runs quite well on lower spec or older machines, extending the life of that hardware and saving more money.

Cons

Truthfully, for me and my teams, it is perfect as it is. The interface is predictable and the features are complete and it is quite stable.

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tyler T.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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LibreOffice

Great alternative to OpenOffice for Linux users

Reviewed 6 years ago

I can have a free fully functional Office suite on my Ubuntu machine, which prevents me from having to switch to a Mac or a PC to do office work.

Pros

LibreOffice is a lot more user friendly than OpenOffice. It contains a full office suite for free, and several Linux distros come with it already installed.

Cons

LibreOffice does not support VBA macros, which is very inconvenient for some users, and it can be very buggy.

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Jason P.

Graphic Design, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

Great software

Reviewed 5 years ago

I use LibreOffice's word processor to draft documents and reports. And I use the spreadsheet software to manage my sales and inventory. In general, it's one of the first pieces software I install on all of my computers.

Pros

LibreOffice is free and comes with all the standard office applications you'll need.

Cons

Some of the menus are hidden at first until you configure them, compared to OpenOffice which has them available by default. Also incorporating a database in to your spreadsheets has a learning curve.

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Daniel G.

Industrial Automation, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

Quality, Ease of Use in a free package.

Reviewed 4 years ago

I fully recommend it, I have been working for more than 10 years since it was called openoffice. It used it all along my College and now in my work.

Pros

I've been using libreoffice since it was Openoffice. It has all of the features of other non free options. It is very easy to use, customizable and stable. It is a clear example of how collaboration between developers and community can make awesome free things.

Cons

None, I simply like all features. It is a very complete suite including, spreadsheet, document writer, drawings, etc etc.

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Tommaso L.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

Perché scegliere Libre Office

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Da quando il progetto OpenOffice ha avuto la svolta libre office si è potuto contare in un apporto di sviluppo notevole che ha creato e rese funzionanti tante funzionalità da farmela preferire ai concorrenti griffati.

Cons

Alcune funzionalità hanno dovuto aspettare aggiornamenti per poter funzionare.

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Joe V.

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LibreOffice

A great free alternative to Microsoft Office

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

I have used LibreOffice quite a bit over the last few years since it split from OpenOffice. It is a solid and very useful alternative to those who do not want to shell out for Microsoft Licensing.

Cons

Although it is great in its own right, LibreOffice is lacking in a few features that Office power users will likely miss. However, for students and people who need a basic office suite LibreOffice is more then up to the task.

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Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 501-1,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

It works offline and has pretty great file format support for most major document types. It was forked off openoffice and has a similar feature set but appears to be slightly quicker to open allowing you to edit your documents slightly faster.

Cons

Some of the ui design feels out of place in modern software but it still gets the job done. Can be slightly clunky but has lots of features to make up for it.

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Translation and Localization, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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LibreOffice

Un software ben fatto, ma non per PC troppo datati

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Quando si tratta di editare dei documenti, lo considero un buon sostituto di OpenOffice. LibreOffice Writer, che è la componente del software che uso più spesso, ha le funzionalità che per me contano di più, come il salvataggio automatico e un correttore grammaticale interno.

Cons

Non va bene per un PC già avanti negli anni, anche perché mi richiede abbastanza spazio in memoria.

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Diego C.

Financial Services, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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LibreOffice

A fairly good and complete office document suite, for free

Reviewed 6 years ago

I started using it many years ago when it was called StarOffice (bought by Sun Microsystems at the time), then it became OpenOffice, and finally LibreOffice which came as a really good surprise given the support its community gave to it.

Pros

LibreOffice is basically the most usable and most complete office application out there, and it's free beyond being open source. It's reasonably fast and bug-free, well maintained and supported by a vast community of developers and users. Its compatibility is good but it ultimately depends on the complexity of files.

Cons

The user interface can be slow, also the look and feel is not great, but it's guaranteed it will get better and better given the effort of its community.

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Lucas A.

Online Media, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Merci LibreOffice

Reviewed a year ago

LibreOffice ont utilisés depuis 2 ans maintenant et le support sons très sympa

Pros

Elle a changer ma vie avant j ête sur OpenOffice et la quand un pote m'a dit de prendre sa et q il m'a dit que tu peux installer des extentions j ai tester et maintenant sa fait 2 ans que je suis sur se se logiciel

Cons

Des mise à jour. Très simple à utiliser. Des entextion gratuit je vous recommande

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Ray A.

Research, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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LibreOffice

Best alternative to MS Word

Reviewed 3 years ago

Outstanding. I use LibreOffice every day to review, edit, and translate documents in English and Chinese. The software handles multiple languages well.

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I have used LibreOffice since 2010, when it forked from OpenOffice which I began using in 2003. From the beginning it has offered a viable alternative to MS Office. - Easy to use - Intuitive old-school menus, but offers an optional ribbon toolbar - Excellent track-changes features - Good document layout tools - Open standards

Cons

It has trouble handling long documents. When I edit dissertations of 100 or more pages, LibreOffice can become sluggish and responds poorly. However, been less of a problem in recent versions (ie current version 7) but has not been completely resolved. When adding Comment to a document, if the text in the Comment is too long, it cannot be seen without scrolling inside the Comment bubble. This makes...

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Tabitha B.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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LibreOffice

Fantastic FREE alternative to MS Office

Reviewed 4 years ago

When I purchased a new Dell PC, LIbre came pre-installed. I was iffy at first, but once I used it I was in love! OpenOffice which I had installed on my old pc was glitchy...I had to save every single time I inserted a new image because it would error out and I'd have to restart my entire document. With Libre, I've NEVER had any such problems! The other apps like spreadsheet and database work just like I remember them working in MS Office, only MUCH more user-friendly! I'm SO PLEASED this new PC introduced me to the product, I'll be a life-long user.

Pros

I found this software, especially the "word" program extremely easy to use and adjust to. I have previously used OpenOffice. Libre works much the same WITHOUT all of the glitches. You can easily insert images, even SVG images into documents which is extremely important since I use the program to create PDF files for Adult Coloring Book interiors.

Cons

Absolutely NOTHING! I honestly cannot say anything negative about LibreOffice! It's very user-friendly!

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Alfredo F.

Retail, 51-200 employees

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Economico e funzionale

Reviewed a year ago

Tirando le somme sono al quanto soddisfatto.

Pros

Esso è una suite gratuita e open source che include programmi per i documenti, per fogli di calcolo per le presentazioni, per disegni e diagrammi e per la gestione dei database.Uno dei principali vantaggi di OpenOffice è che è completamente gratuito, il che lo rende un'ottima opzione per coloro che cercano un'alternativa a costosi programmi come Microsoft Office.

Cons

A volte può essere leggermente più lento o meno intuitivo rispetto ai suoi equivalenti a pagamento e la maggior parte delle funzioni principali non sono facili da usare.

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Higher Education, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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A worth replacement for commercial suites

Reviewed 3 years ago

I used for several years Openoffice and moved flawlessly to LibreOffice. Also if I have an institutional license for Office, I only use it in few occasion when I have to work on extremely macro-configured documents to be shared with colleagues. I daily work with LibreOffice, I appreciate the alternative to commercial suites and love to support it!

Pros

It is free, it has a wide support and development, with improvements and bugs correction. I cannot but support FLOSS (free libre open source). It has all the major features of other more expensive suites, and I prefer so much its interface compared with Office... There are a lot of free extensions to configure the app at your taste, and a strong community to rely when looking for support.

Cons

I find weak the image management in Write, and the lack of recording presentations in Impress (the latter not really relevant in a daily workflow).

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GERARD IAN P.

Computer Software, self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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Libreoffice Is a Robust Set of Office Automation Applications

Reviewed 5 years ago

I like that the LibreOffice software supports several other document types. In particular, an accessible document format called OpenDocument Format or ODF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Publisher formats. The FOSS package is constructed on the foundation of OpenOffice technology, which makes it an efficient heir to the obsolete Open Source Office platform.

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LibreOffice is a robust set of office automation applications that aim to unleash a creative and productivity-driven environment for charitable organizations, homes, companies, and public sector agencies worldwide. And at the end of the day, the office-based suite also delivers a comprehensive portfolio of plug-ins. Furthermore, it offers some layouts that empower end-users to improve the performance of their workflow and generate more documents more swiftly and wisely.

Cons

The user interface can be a little confusing at some points in time. At the same time, it only takes a bit of effort for one to familiarize themselves with the UI.

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Radek T.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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The new go-to Office suite!

Reviewed 3 years ago

LibreOffice is a perfect alternative for other Office suites. It's opensource, it handles multiplatform collaboration very well, and it's a breeze to switch from any other office suite.

Pros

LibreOffice is unbelievably easy to hop in for a newcomer - no matter what you've been using previously. Because most of us, its users, are probably "switchers", either from MS Office or OpenOffice, LibreOffice not only makes up for the software we've been using before - it also does a lot more, and does it in very intuitive, effective manner.

Cons

I hate the fact that I've hesitated so long to actually try LibreOffice. But after installing it and giving it a chance to shine - it was love from the first sight.

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Hani Khalilah A.

Real Estate, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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LibreOffice

Great software for a document tools

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I enjoy that this program is easy to use and that it assists me in opening documents from many sources. I like that I can export this to various formats, and a full-text search makes cataloguing and finding what I need on each page a breeze.

Cons

In contrast to OpenOffice, which makes them available by default, some options are initially obscured until you set them. There's also a learning curve to adding a database into your worksheets and i have to study it from YouTube and other forum as there are no manual guides that comes with the software.

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Hospital & Health Care, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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LibreOffice

Free and Opensource Alternative to Office

Reviewed 6 years ago

I love the free and open nature of this product, and I use it all the time on my linux machines if I need a quick word processor.

Pros

Having used openoffice for years, when the project was forked into Libreoffice I was hopeful for a product that would be able to compete with office on the desktop. This product does just that. As a free and open source alternative, it has high feature parity with microsoft's offering, as well as the extra feel-good of being open source.

Cons

It's not 100% feature parity yet. I have users that still need microsoft excel, as this isn't a perfect replacement for them.

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John E.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used weekly for 2+ years

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Open-sourced gratis suite rivals Microsoft

Reviewed 5 years ago

Terrific free basic apps.

Pros

Like OpenOffice, which I've also used and which it sprang from, it's a fully functioning ever-evolving rival of Word etc.; I first used OO when my Mac OS wouldn't work with that version of Word anymore and have had no trouble with either's output being completely functional no matter what program the recipient had on the other end.

Cons

I don't understand why OO and LO split off, some personal dispute I suspect, but both work very well.